Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- It certainly seems like there’s no more room for the school to expand, but SUNY ESF has found another way to add to its growing campus. The school is set to build a 120,000 square foot academic and research building -- the modern version of Illick Hall.
"I definitely think we need something a lot better than what Illick is. It's probably my least favorite building at ESF,” said senior Elisa McIntosh.
Senior Ian Barin says, "It's time for a 2012-2013 version of Illick…so I think it will be really beneficial for ESF,”
Right next to Illick Hall, which most agree is in desperate need of upgrades and improvement is the newest building -- the Gateway Building -- which should be finished in about a month and ready for students come January, but it won't be the newest building for all that much longer.
"It will really take us from a 1970s vintage science building, with similar laboratory and other research spaces, to a building that now is updated to the present time. It will have modular labs and it will really be a state-of-the-art science building,” explained SUNY ESF VP for Administration Joseph Rufo.
Before long you’ll be able to add a new academic building. It’s all part of the evolution of a small, but growing college, making sure its students, researchers and faculty have what they need to succeed.
$44-million has been secured for phase one, which could stand alone. The school is still working to obtain the $42-million it will need for phase two. ESF expects to break ground next year and finish building in 2015.